Category Archives: Marjorie Hudson

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Writing Workshop at Meredith

ImageA summer writing workshop is the dreamy creative home for every aspiring writer. Lord knows I’ve been to many of them. I’ll go to many more. But something has changed in my writing life. Now I teach them too. For the first time this year, I’ll be teaching at Meredith College’s summer writing workshops, June 23 – 27, 9-3,  a kind of day camp for women writers. I’ve just visited the campus for the first time, and it’s so lovely it’s like living in a Mid-summer Night’s Dream of a women’s college, with rolling lawns, riotous gardens, and big trees. The day I went was the day before graduation and the young seniors were floating around campus dressed in dreamy white dresses – a Meredith tradition. You don’t have to wear a white dress to come to my workshop, though I remember one summer writing workshop with a slim dashing poet teacher who wore a black eye-patch like a pirate. By the end of the workshop, all the women attending were wearing white flowy dresses like pirate’s wenches.

Other writers teaching at Meredith this summer: Carol Henderson, Zelda Lockhart, Ruth Moose

Creative Nonfiction with Marjorie Hudson

Personal essays wrap a writer’s life and voice around her enduring fascinations. In this workshop, we’ll dip into the delicious work of masters of creative nonfiction, we’ll write from prompts designed to reveal the deep music of women’s lives, we’ll explore CNF tech­niques such as narration, scene, and dialogue, and we’ll create a warm community of support. We’ll explore personal strategies for a successful writing life as well as how to generate useful critique–and how to use it once you’ve got it. Bring your burning questions and the first 5 pages of a personal essay or memoir for in-class comments and coaching.

 Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
June 23 – 27, 2014
9 am – 3 pm
Fee: $320
Includes a light breakfast and full lunch every day.

Writing, craft study, critique, group panels, readings, and individual coaching.

Registration Form

Please indicate your FIRST and SECOND choice of courses: _____ Poetry _____ Fiction _____ Nonfiction _____ Mining for Material

Cost: $320 for the week

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  • Return this form with your payment by Friday, June 6, 2014. (Checks made payable to Meredith College)
  • Send your registration along with payment to Ashley Hogan, Joyner Hall, Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607-5298
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Kitchen Table Writers Read at McIntyre’s

We’ve been talking about it for more than two years. First we thought we might read at the General Store Cafe. Then we thought Davenport and Winkleperry. Then, we thought, why not McIntyre’s Books, where the writers read?

Peter Mock checked the schedule. There was a Sunday afternoon open. Most writers could come. So we did it! Our first Kitchen Table Writers Recital with Reception. Parents and friends, professional writers, teachers, and fans of all kinds came to listen. We had been writing and revising for months — some of us for years. We had some good stuff to read, and the audience was riveted.

Some days a teacher gets to just sit back and enjoy. Today was one of those days!